Hilarity and magnificence on the brink of 55

Touching distance.

Feels like we have been saying that for so long but the reality is we are in February and just seven more points will claim the title.

Sunday’s excellent result at home to Dundee Utd was complimented by Ross County’s hilarious victory over our ‘Nearest’ rivals to make for a beautiful day.

Yes it was hugely enjoyable. After years of comments, jokes and everything in between you better believe that I find their current situation absolutely hilarious. I very rarely speak about them on this blog but every video that pops up on social media reminds me how much I can’t wait for this moment.

Whilst there is work still to be done the ultimate irony would be to travel to their ground and win the title. Make no mistake they have lorded it over us, fake shouts of a ‘nine’, which was won via email whilst European football continued everywhere else. A sense of entitlement and arrogance had them singing about this moment for the last eight years.

Problem is they didn’t account for our club emerging from the bottom and rising to the top, where we belong, as Scotland’s premier football institution.

There has been warnings, there has been signs and every time we have built further then went again. Every time we got a milestone victory or moment, before suffering a set back, we learned and galvanised under a management team and board determined to stick to their plan to get to this point.

This management team, this board, these players, the staff, the support, every single one of us who ‘didn’t walk away’ deserve every moment and we deserve this team we now have.

We have a wonderful club, a wonderful squad and a wonderful management team.

They have been relentless.

The fact the other lot have completely crumbled and turned into a circus is simply a welcomed karma bonus. As I said above, you better believe I am enjoying every moment. It’s been hilarious.

We deserve to be on the brink of this glory and enjoy this moment, enjoy this team, enjoy this management because we are an absolutely fantastic side.

The stats don’t lie.

We were slow out the traps on Sunday and it took three brilliant stops from Allan McGregor before we sprung into life.

What more can we say about our number one? Well quite a lot really because he has been vital in recent months and produced top class saves to keep the club on course. Hibs, Aberdeen, St Johnstone, Celtic, Hamilton and now Dundee Utd. All games that our GK has produced magical moments and at crucial times.

Who knows what would have happened if we had slipped up in one early game or at these points but we didn’t and he is a huge part of it.

Andy Goram is the best I’ve ever seen but Allan McGregor IS as close to him as there could possibly be.

He is that good.

From that twenty minute mark the team woke up and Joe Aribo quickly took things by the scruff of the neck driving the team on. He produced a great effort on his right foot before he tormented United to link with Hagi to give us the lead.

It’s just that touch, the lightning quick drop of the shoulder and the fact he can produce the end product which makes him such a fantastic asset. It quickly became two when the energetic Balogun got down the right to cross, then back in to challenge, as the ball dropped for Kent to volley home.

Where they the best goals of the season? No, but they were equally as important.

Then just when we wanted the next goal to make sure Joe Aribo stepped up and produced an absolute cracker.

What a moment and a worthy candidate when goal of the year comes along. We’ve had it all this season, half way line wonder goals, wonderful team moves and magnificent solo efforts like Jack last week or Joe this time.

There was still time for Alfredo to hit a forth or have a forth hit off him but he deserved it for such an industrious performance. He switched play for fun, got stuck in and added another assist. Just the three penalty involvements, three assists and a goal this week for the bufalo. He will take some replacing and I would absolutely love to see him knee slide his way to the title in the coming weeks.

We still had time to miss a penalty and concede a sloppy goal but considering the efforts of Thursday and the raft of substitutions we comfortably saw out the game. Credit to Utd who had a go but we proved to be too strong.

A ten day league break until we play Livi and St Mirren in quick succession. The way things are going we might just be there when those fixtures come around.

It’s becoming a repetitive theme but this is our time and it’s nearly here.

54 going on 55 and don’t you forget it.

Finally, Rangers launched a new initiative for this Thursday’s European game against Antwerp. Rangers will be holding a new innovative watch party where fans can interact and listen to alternative commentary with Clive Tyldesley and Jermain Defoe.

A brilliant chance to be part of the Rangers community and watch the game with fellow supporters. You will also get a virtual programme and some myGers points also.

Our support have been absolutely magnificent this season and we have purchased season tickets, merchandise and been there for the club every time. It‘s nice to see the club offer something back in this venture and create the opportunity for a real Rangers family experience.

You can read about it on the official site here https://www.rangers.co.uk/Article/virtual-tickets-for-watch-party-with-clive-tyldesley-and-jermain-defoe/7hmA3ha7Cj6sM9Kxtk3JO3.

Also if you want to support the club but not take part you can also purchase it from here https://t.co/Izfk01taFx

I must admit it’s a brilliant idea from the club to raise funds and try to bridge that gap that covid has created. Every one of us, from the boardroom to every supporter, has been integral to the charge for 55. If ideas like this help give the manager that little bit come the summer then I am completely behind it.

Good luck to the team and management for Thursday’s big match. We are in a great position but still work to be done.

Onwards for this club and for us supporters, the banter years are over and 55 is on the horizon.

Let’s enjoy the moment because our time is nearly upon us.

Ignore the nonsense, the irrelevant and the noise 🔴⚪️🔵